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Streetcar Planned for Downtown Not Included in Latest Round of Federal Funding

An example of a streetcar from Portland | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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53 transit projects around the country have been selected to receive federal money, the Federal Transit Administration announced today. Four projects in California, including one in Orange County, were chosen, but the one within Los Angeles was not.

Los Angeles Streetcar, Inc. (LASI) earlier this year submitted an application to compete for Urban Circulator/Bus and Bus Livability funds. If chosen, the $100 million to $125 million project would have received nearly $25 million.

"I feel like the guy at the dance who didn't get picked," joked LASI Executive Director Dennis Allen. Although disappointed, he said submitting the application was a positive step. "It helped us because it elevated us in the federal govenment's eye... We put in a very solid application."